Surface Area Dance Theatre
On the 14 of May 2007, Surface Area Dance Theatre became incorporated as a Community Interest Company, under the Companies Act of 1985. We recognise our moral and social responsibility and our work aims to promote equality and diversity, in all aspects of our company activities. In 2018, we became a registered Level 2 Disability Confident Committed Employer, which is a scheme developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.
In collaboration with artists, participants, academics and stakeholders, we continue to develop an original dance language that is formed by identity, reflecting the artistic and social commitments of our company - achieved by dedicating the company's resources to periods of intensive research, the presentation of dance through live performance, interdisciplinary collaborations and international cultural exchange. Our company is Co-Directed by Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller, we are representative of our community, and resources are maintained to enable a continued discourse with the D/deaf and hearing community, via communication channels in English and British Sign Language.
We use the definition from the Equality Act 2010, which defines a disabled person as someone who has a mental or physical impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activity.
"It's more about movement than dance; and those movements have only been arrived at through long, drawn-out exercises in stripping away layer upon layer of socially conditioned thought and action". Review of Project Godie Live Events: Kopf, Biba. The Wire.
Hand In Hand (2019) choreographed by Chisato Minamimura and produced by Surface Area Dance Theatre. Presented at Dance City, in collaboration with visual artist Graham Patterson and musician Tom White. The finale of a week-long project led by Chisato, that involved twenty extraordinary D/deaf and hearing dancers from the North-East region, who were inspired to respond to Chisato’s unique creative practice. Supported by Arts Council England, Dance City, Moving Art Management and The Japan Foundation.
"The strength of this piece was in collaboration and accessibility which was integral right from inception and this played beautifully on stage – there was no BSL interpreter as an add-on. In moments of text, there were always two performers playing back and forth with each other, one using stunning flowing BSL and the other spoken English, with points of joint signing which would flow back into or out of the dance…". Disability Arts Online, 22 March 2019,
Surface Area Dance Theatre completes a Creative Summer residency at Dance City, to further explore “Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones”, that will premiere at Dance City on the 6 of June 2020. One significant area of research set out to explore the use and range of ‘Subpack’ (as pictured). A wearable technology that translates…Read More
Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson is in residence at Earthfall, France. Nicole is taking the opportunity to visit Earthfall’s studio, dedicating a week of studio research to a study directed by Hiroyuki Ikema’s ‘Folk Dance of Japan’ in cooperation with the National Folk Dance of Japan (1981), published by National Recreation Association of Japan with assistance…Read More
Senior Collaborator, Chisato Minamimura embarks on a UK tour of “Scored in Silence” taking place in London at Oval House and Edinburgh at The British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019.
Senior Collaborator, Chisato Minamimura embarks on a UK tour of “Scored in Silence” taking place in London at Oval House and Edinburgh at The British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019. “Scored in Silence”, is Chisato’s solo digital artwork that unpacks the untold events of Deaf Hibakusha – survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima and…Read More
Congratulations to Director, Paul Miller for his achievements at Festival Clin d’Oeil, France – winning Best Animation in the Short Film category for ‘The Gingerbread Witch’.Read More
Courtesy of the British Council and the British Embassy Tokyo, Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson will be returning to Japan in the Autumn, to hold a residency at Ise City, the home of Ise Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine). The starting-point of her research will be investigations into the architecture and artistry of the shrine’s Torii…Read More
By clearing evidencing progressive strategies, Surface Area Dance Theatre is celebrating a further two years of Disability Confident Employer status, awarded by the Department of Work and Pensions and has committed to four priorities; 1, challenging attitudes towards disability 2, increasing understanding of disability 3, removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health…Read More
An excerpt from a recently published review of ‘Hand in Hand’ covered by Disability Arts Online (DAO). Sincere thanks to DAO for capturing the spirit of this extraordinary event so perfectly! “The strength of this piece was in collaboration and accessibility which was integral right from inception and this played beautifully on stage – there…Read More
Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones, exists as an enquiry and process of choreographic research, centred upon Nicole Vivien Watson’s understanding and knowledge of British Sign Language, Deaf culture and Butoh. Language, communication and physical expression through movement, are three of the principal interests Nicole has chosen to include in the present-phase of…Read More